Top Ovulation Signs and Symptoms

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If you are trying to get pregnant, the chances are that you are keeping track of your ovulation cycle carefully. In order to do this, you need to know what it looks like when you are ovulating.

There are kits available that you can use to test for fertility, but knowing the symptoms yourself can be a much better determination. Below are some of the signs and symptoms that you can expect to see when you are ovulating.

1. Change in cervical mucus

The first sign that most women notice when they are ovulating is a change in their cervical mucus. This mucus is what carries the sperm to your egg so healthy cervical mucus is important for fertility.

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Before you begin ovulating, your cervical mucus is usually sticky and thick. This type of mucus will hinder the sperms progress and most will wind up stuck in the mucus before it reaches your egg. When you are ovulating, your cervical mucus changes drastically.

You should notice a difference easily because it will now be the consistency of egg white, thin and stretchy. This consistency is perfect for the sperm to travel through a woman’s body and it will actually guide sperm to the egg so that it can be fertilized.

2. Wetter than normal

Another sign that you are ovulating is the feeling that you are wetter than normal. When your cervical mucus changes consistencies for the purpose of ovulation, it also changes in amount as well.

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While some women are not able to tell a difference in their cervical mucus, many will notice that there is more moisture present and that her vagina feels wetter during sex. Usually this additional wetness can be noticed throughout the day as well as during sex.

3. Breast tenderness

Some women also notice a bit of breast tenderness while they are ovulating as well. This is because your progesterone levels have begun to rise, which can cause your breasts to be somewhat tender and swollen.

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Unfortunately, many women do not notice this symptom until after they have already ovulated. However, this may be a way for you to calculate when you will be ovulating for the following month.

4. Check your cervix for changes

You may also be able to tell that you are ovulating by checking your cervix for changes. For example, just after your period, you will notice that your cervix is tight, low and closed. However, as your body moves toward the ovulation period, it will move upwards, open up and soften.

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You will need to examine your body well in order to determine when your cervix has moved into position. Usually, it is easier to find when it is closed, so you may want to begin your examination just after your period so that you will have a better chance of noting changes as they occur.

5. Wanting to have sex

For most women, ovulation also brings around a renewed sense of wanting to have sex. If you find yourself wanting sex more during certain periods of the month, these are probably the times that you are ovulating. This is the body’s natural way of promoting sex while you are ovulating.

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6. Spotting during ovulation

Some women have also noticed some spotting during the time that they are ovulating. Usually, this is left over blood from their period, but it is referred to as ovulation spotting.

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This spotting can occur for a couple of reasons. One either the egg is ready to drop or you are spotting as a result of the hormonal changes that your body is going through due to ovulation.

7. Cramping

Finally, a small amount of women notice cramping while they are ovulating. This cramping usually occurs on one side of their body and occurs as the egg is attempting to break through. This is a sign of ovulation that many women miss, but usually occurs at the time when a woman is most fertile.

When you are trying to get pregnant, it is important to listen to your body and look for the signs and symptoms that you are ovulating. Your body has a natural way of telling you what is going on, but you need to know what the signs look like.

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Although test strips can be useful, they can also be very expensive, especially if you are having trouble conceiving. Your doctor may also be able to give you further tips to know when you are ovulating.

There is only a small window of time each month in which a woman can get pregnant and if you are trying to conceive, pinpointing this time can be crucial to the process. Be sure to keep a calendar handy so that you can plan sexual intercourse around the signs and symptoms that you have when you are ovulating.

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.